What is a Direct Payment (DP)?
Having a direct payment means that some, or all, of your personal budget from SCC or Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust is paid directly to you.
Your personal budget is the money that we have worked out is available for you to have to spend on your care and support. The person who is helping you to arrange your care services will tell you how much this is.
You can get a direct payment if you are a carer and are able to have a personal budget. Find out more about Carers’ assessments.
You can also get a one-off direct payment for certain items of equipment to help you live independently at home. There is more information about this here.
Updated June 2016
You can use this money to pay for goods and services that help you to meet the outcomes that you have agreed in your support plan.
Some examples of how you might do this are:
buying a care service that you can use in your home from an agency. There is more information about care services available in Suffolk
employing someone to help you
paying to attend a day care service
paying for leisure activities
buying equipment to help you
You cannot use your direct payment to pay for:
permanent care in a residential or nursing care home
normal household expenses such as utility bills, rent or mortgage payments or food
anything that is illegal
anything that does not contribute to the outcomes that you have agreed in your support plan
You cannot normally use your direct payment to pay a member of your family who you live with, for care that they give you. However from April 2015 you can use some of your direct payment to pay them for support that they give you to help you to manage your direct payment.
If there is a special reason why you might need to pay a member of your family who you live with for care that they give you for short period of time, or for an exceptional reason, you should discuss this with the person from SCC who is helping you to arrange you to arrange your personal budget.
When you decide that you would like a direct payment we will ask you to sign an agreement and to give us details of the account that you would like us to pay the money into.
It is important that you understand the agreement that you are being asked to sign.
Direct payment application and terms and conditions - SAMPLE (PDF, 49KB)
The person from SCC or NSFT who is helping you to arrange your care should explain these in more detail to you.
Contact Customer First by using the orange webchat button on the right hand side of your screen, for more information.
There are many advantages of being able to have choice and control when the money is paid to you for you to arrange care and support yourself. Some people worry about taking a direct payment because of the responsibilities that come with it, for example, employing your own staff, managing the money and telling the Council how you have spent it.
However, there are a number of organisations who can help by providing information, advice and guidance relating to employing your own Personal Assistant(s), and can provide payroll and account management services for you.